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Chadwick Boseman to Star as First Black Samurai in Upcoming Historical Action Film

After much speculation, it's been announced that Boseman will play Yasuke, Japan's first African samurai.

Back in 2017, it was announced that a film on Yasuke, the world's first black samurai would be going into production. After much speculation, we finally learn that none other than Chadwick Boseman will play the role of the historical warrior.

Yasuke is believed to have lived during the 1500s, and historical accounts state that he could have been from Angola, Ethiopia or Mozambique, though many details about his life remain a mystery. It is known, however, that he worked under the Japanese ruler Oda Nobunaga, who gave him the name "Yasuke" according to Shadow and Act. There is no account of his birth name.

It is said that upon arriving in Japan in the late 14th century, Yasuke was met with astonishment, as he was the first black person that most Japanese had ever seen. He quickly became Nobunga's body guard before climbing the ranks to become one of Japan's most celebrated warriors.

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'Black Panther' is the First Superhero Film to Earn a Golden Globes 'Best Drama' Nomination

'Black Panther' continues to make history.

Black Panther continues its reign.

The record-shattering film, has now become the first superhero movie nominated for "Best Drama" at the Golden Globes, as noted in Huffington Post. The 2019 nominations were announced this morning and Black Panther appears in a number of categories.

The film, which is the highest-grossing solo superhero film of all time, earned 2 other nominations for Best Original Song for Kendrick Lamar and SZA's "All the Stars" and Best Original Score for composer Ludwig Göransson's work on the film.

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